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the Chinese and the British designed the Basic Law together, but Patten later changed it without consulting  the Chinese.  

The Basic Law was drafted in accordance with the Sino-British Joint Declaration on the Question of Hong Kong (The Joint Declaration), signed between the Chinese and British governments on December 19, 1984.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hong_Kong_Basic_Law

by zoe on Tue Jul 3rd, 2007 at 06:03:16 AM EST
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and in the wikipedia entry about Chris Patten:

Patten's most controversial actions related to the election of the Hong Kong Legislative Council. Legco members returned in 1995 were originally to serve beyond the handover, thereby providing institutional continuity across the reversion of Hong Kong to the People's Republic of China. Beijing had expected that the use of functional constituencies with limited electorates would be used to elect this council, however Patten extended the definition of functional constituencies and thus virtually every Hong Kong subject was able to vote for the so-called indirectly elected members (see Politics of Hong Kong) of the Legislative Council.
His measure was not surprisingly strongly objected to by the pro-Beijing political parties of Hong Kong, who suffered from the electoral changes, and he was criticized by the PRC government as an 'historic criminal/eternal sinner/sinner condemned for a thousand generations' (????). The legislative council which was elected under Patten's governorship was dissolved upon the handover of Hong Kong to the PRC and replaced by a Provisional Legislative Council which functioned until elections were held under the previous rules in 1998.
by zoe on Tue Jul 3rd, 2007 at 06:07:12 AM EST
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Patten changed the definition of functional constituencies, which the Chinese government no doubt viewed as a way of introducing democracy by sleight of hand, creating a status quo different from what had been agreed in the Joint Declaration.

But it's surely wrong to say that he changed the Basic Law itself, because it only came into effect after the handover and was never part of the laws of the British colony of Hong Kong. The Basic Law was drafted on the basis of the Joint Declaration, but Britain was not involved in writing it.

by Gag Halfrunt on Tue Jul 3rd, 2007 at 11:43:28 AM EST
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yes he was.  

I quoted the wrong part to you, but the details were worked out by both parties, and the legislature prior to the handover was identical to that afterwards in its constituent parts, but the names were different.

since Patten was the head of the executive and the legislature at the time, and the legislature of HK was not elected, he could have them do whatever he wanted.

the Chinese knew that if they changed the Basic Law drafted by this so-called Legislature (it was not elected) but the world didn't know that because no one bothered to look into it, they would lose face.

I am suffering from just diagnosed tonsillitis right now, so I am not up on looking for the exact explanation for you, but check out wikipedia and you will see this same explanation.  I'll probably feel better in a day or two so I'll do it by then, for sure.  

by zoe on Tue Jul 3rd, 2007 at 12:07:55 PM EST
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